Caution: Moving Glass
Glass Canada journalist, Colleen Cross, reports on the potential dangers in the glass industry and how awareness of hazards can make automation safer.
“Moving glass has greater potential than stationary to injure or kill those handling it. Whether flat glass is being moved by forklift, suctioned lift, L-cart or automated system, it presents laceration, amputation and crushing hazards that may not be immediately apparent. Glass workers need to be educated on these hazards and taught procedures and habits that reduce the risk of injury on the job.”
Glass Canada features an image of an AGNORA employee safely operating the lamination line.
“Dangers from automated equipment include pinch points, impacts from moving parts and electrocution. Simply making workers aware of what dangers a particular piece of equipment poses goes a long way toward making the workplace safer, safety experts say. ”
Glass Canada finishes the article off with some valuable Canadian plant safety resources. We thought it might be helpful to list them here too.
Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada
Legislation that applies across Canada (not specific to glass industry)
Workplace Safety Prevention Services
1-877-494-WSPS, ext. 977, or 905-614-1400
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
1-800-668-4284 or 905-572-2981
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